How to Choose a Rightly Priced Power Bank?

For the new generation of mobile users, staying online and connected is a priority. With mobiles and tablets becoming feature heavy and app loaded, they tend to draw more juice out of the battery, draining out faster.

Portable battery backup devices are trending as the obvious solution to the problem of draining batteries.

While purchasing a portable charger is as easy as shipping it on one of the popular shopping portals, buying a correctly priced portable charger is going to take an additional research from you before you make that purchase.

Most battery backup manufacturers keep their products competitively priced, but you will find quite a few power banks that are way above their market value.

Listed below are some of the numerous factors that affect the pricing of a portable charger –

Power Capacity: A battery backup bank’s price primarily depends on the number of mAh capacity it holds. The price of a portable charger increases as the capacity of the unit increases. Higher capacity portable chargers of 12000 mAh or more are capable to charging tablets as well, apart from charging mobile phones multiple times. Portable power banks of capacity between 3200 mAh to 6000 mAh cost lesser, up to 30 dollars per unit, and are smaller in size.

Batteries: The type of battery used also determines the price. Few manufacturers use premium Li-Ion batteries that increase the lifespan and number of charge cycles. Premium batteries increase the price slightly. Other battery types like Nickel Cadmium and Nickel Metal Hydride cost lesser in comparison to Lithium Ion batteries.

Frame and Casing: The pricing of portable chargers increases as the quality of the frame improves. Aluminum cases are light and easy to carry and cost more. Durable and industry grade frames increase manufacturing cost which in turn reflects on the MSRP of the power bank.

Add-on Features: Additional features like current charge LCD display, LED flashlights, built in hotspot, stickiness that allows the power bank to stick to the mobile device while you are talking, etc. are good to have, but these add to the price of the portable power bank.

Number of output Ports: The lower capacity battery banks have a single port. All portable chargers with 10000 mAh or more have at the least 2 output ports which allows you to charge multiple devices parallelly. The numerous ports also increase the price of a portable charger. You will notice that the price of a power bank with a single USB port is lesser than a power bank with 2 USB ports.

AC Adapter: Most battery banks do not come with an AC Adapter in the kit. Manufacturers exclude the adapter to make the power bank prices more competitive. If you don’t already have an AC adapter, you will need to purchase it separately.

Accessories: Generally, accessories like charging cable, Apple lightning adapters and travel pouches come along with the battery banks and you will not need to spend more on these accessories.

Make a well balanced decision based on the features that you prefer the portable charger to have and it’s price. Research and compare the prices of portable chargers of similar mAh capacities before you purchase one.

Rabins Sharma Lamichhane

Rabins Sharma Lamichhane is senior ICT professional who talks about #it, #cloud, #servers, #software, and #innovation. Rabins is also the first initiator of Digital Nepal. Facebook: rabinsxp Instagram: rabinsxp

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